Author(s): Cherry NM, Meyer JD, Chen Y, Holt DL, McDonald JC
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Abstract Consultant rheumatologists participate in surveillance of work-related musculoskeletal conditions under the Musculoskeletal Occupational Surveillance Scheme (MOSS), which has been in operation since 1997. During the first 3 years of the scheme, an estimated total of 8070 cases and 8442 diagnoses were obtained, an average of slightly less than 2700 estimated cases each year. Disorders of the upper limb accounted for approximately 66\% (5502) of the total, with hand/wrist/arm conditions (3693 cases) comprising the majority of these. Conditions of the lumbar spine and trunk (13\% of cases), the cervical spine (12\%) and the shoulder (12\%) were also frequently reported. Pain with ill-defined pathology was reported in 35\% of cases with hand and forearm disorders. Overall, 82\% of cases were related to repetitive rather than single injury. The largest numbers of cases were seen in workers in craft occupations (1659) and in clerical and secretarial workers (1524). High rates of musculoskeletal conditions, particularly of upper limb disorders, are notable in mining. In most occupations, and overall, women were at greater risk than men.
This article was published in Occup Med (Lond)
and referenced in Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy